oral history - politics and how much a person’s opinion...

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There have been changing moments in history, when people who were alive at the time, can all tell you exactly where they were when they heard about Pearl Harbor. In recent history people can now tell you exactly where they were and how they were feeling during 9/11. These are two major life-changing moments in history, however they are not the only two that have occurred in these sixty years. When I talked to my mom, she told me the most influential moment in her life when it comes to politics apart from 9/11 was the election of Ronald Reagan. When I asked her why this was such an influential moment in her life she said that it was the end of an era of liberal control, Reagan being the first Republican elected thirty years. This not only comes as a shock to people in America but it also comes as a shock to the economy, we go from the ideals of Democrats, to the ideals of conservatives meaning small government lower taxes, and a stronger military. For my mom she says while this election did not change her political views very much, it changed her view on
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Unformatted text preview: politics and how much a person’s opinion can affect other people. Before she was more or less apathetic about politics and did not always see the point in getting involved. But this sparked her to get involved in political discussions when available and to be more proactive with when it comes to political activity. One of the most influential thins Reagan did was he managed to keep government relatively small and taxes low while fighting the U.S.S.R. This proved that the economy would not suffer from borrowing money, bringing us back to Hamilton’s original idea that having some debt was a good thing. With this ideal it allowed Reagan to build the government while still holding true to the Republican values of small government and low taxes. This effected my mom because before she was more of a believer in liberal values but after this she realized that and economy and a the country can still thrive and succeed....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENGL 1302-08 taught by Professor Campbell during the Fall '08 term at Trinity U.

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